The Bearcats have 17 seniors on the 2016 team and Friday against the Memphis Tigers it will be the last time for this group to step on the field as a Bearcat on their home turf. Even with a down a year some have been with the program for anywhere from two to five years, fans and media get attached to the players.
Bearcat Insider is going to highlight the players who won’t be here next year.
Note: Number, Player Name, Position and Hometown
4, Zach Edwards, Safety, Middletown, Ohio
Edwards has been a four year starter, he currently has 361 tackles, 13.5 tackles for loss, 1 sack and 8 interceptions for his career. He has been a staple for the Bearcats on the back end and will be missed.
5, Mike Tyson Safety, Norfolk, Virginia
Tyson a.k.a. Iron Mike (I kid, I kid) has made the biggest improvement of anybody during his senior season. He has played all four years whether it is linebacker or safety he has been physical since his arrival on campus. He currently has 127 tackles, 7.5 tackles for loss and 5 interceptions.
7, Tion Green, Running Back, Sanford, Florida
Green has been with the Bearcats the last five years and his journey is almost over. You are liable to see him running, catching, playing on special teams or giving you quotes. He has 1964 yards rushing, 42 receptions, 273 yards receiving and 19 rushing touchdowns.
11, Gunner Kiel, Quarterback, Columbus, Indiana
Kiel might be arguably the best quarterback in the history of the program even given the up and down senior season. He is in the top tier and passing yards and touchdowns. He has 6835 yards on 60.6% completions and 56 touchdowns.
22, Deionte Buckley, Running Back, Indianapolis, Indiana
Buckley has 8 carries for 50 yards.
23, Eric Wilson, Linebacker, Redford, Michigan
Wilson has been a tackling machine during his time in Cincinnati. The linebacking group is taking a huge hit with number 23 leaving the fold. He has 236 tackles, 13.0 tackles for loss and 3 sacks.
42, Antonio Kinard Linebacker, Youngstown, Ohio
Kinard got his break this year when Bryce Jenkinson got hurt and he’s been a great pair with Eric Wilson. With his length and range he may have an outside shot to play at the next level. He has 80 tackles, 6.0 tackles for loss and 1.5 sacks.
50, Sione Tongamoa, Defensive Tackle, North Hollywood, California
Tongamoa has been a solid force in the middle of the defensive line during his two years on campus. He has 31 tackles, 4.5 tackles for loss and 4 sacks.
53, Franklin Bruscianelli, Linebacker, Woodridge, Illinois
Bruscianelli has 4 tackles.
59, Deyshawn Bond, Center, Indianapolis, Indiana
Bond has been one of the best centers in the conference. Bond has a chance to play at the next level.
65, Idarius Ray, Offensive Guard, Amarillo, Texas
73, Ryan Leahy, Offensive Guard, Cincinnati, Ohio
Leahy has been one of the best guards in the conference. The line will miss him next year.
81, DJ Dowdy, Tight End, Akron, Ohio
Dowdy has 22 receptions, 185 yards and 5 touchdowns.
84, Nate Cole, Wide Receiver, Memphis, Tennessee
Cole was buried for three years on the depth chart and when the offense is rolling he has shown a knack for making big plays and a walking first down maker. He has 84 receptions, 910 yards and 7 touchdowns.
90, Hakeem Allonce, Defensive Tackle, Brooklyn, New York
94, Chris Burton, Defensive Tackle, Danville, Virginia
Burton has 32 tackles, 3.0 tackles for loss and 1.5 sacks.
99, Alex Pace, Defensive Tackle, Cleveland, Ohio
Pace is the defensive line bowling ball, quick and strong when he’s on his game he wrecks havoc in the backfield. He has 71 tackles, 13.5 tackles for loss and 1.5 sacks.
A lot of quality players won’t be around next year. Edwards, Wilson, Bond and Leahy will be missed the most because of what all four of them bring to the team. Pace and Kiel would be on the next list, but all and all #BearcatNation will miss off these players as they all have given us good memories.
This class has a record range from 29-19 to 11-12, if they have been here four years they have 29 wins if they are JuCo transfers they have 11 wins.
Even if you don’t like how the team is doing this season make sure you come out to Nippert Stadium on Friday and show these seniors some love they deserve that.